PULASKI CO. AR
(also known as Geyer Springs, Boyd, Lawson and Snow Cemetery)
Transcribed by Charlotte Curlee Ramsey and Raymond L Ramsey - June 17, 2001
Not knowing the history of this cemetery, it is puzzling to me as to why it is named Dawson, as there is not a single marker with Dawson on it. Same with the names Boyd and Lawson. There are two Geyer names and one Snow name. I assume a Dawson owned the land at one time. I took photos of every stone and the 10 marked by other means. I feel certain there are many totally unmarked graves also.
LASTNAME FIRSTNAME BORN DIED OTHER INFO AVANCE Florence O 1872 14 May 1941 w/o William P AVANCE William P 1869 1950 h/o Florence O BAIN Lou Catherine Jul 1852 14 Oct 1914 BAIN Louie C 15 Jan 1890 06 May 1925 BAIN William C 27 Jul 1876 20 Jul 1886 death yr may be 1888 or 1898 BEADLE H W B no dates BEADLE J no dates BEADLE Thelma 06 May 1924 22 Jun 1927 BIEHSLICH August Fredick no dates All on one stone BIEHSLICH Carl August no dates All on one stone BIEHSLICH Marien no dates All on one stone BLACKWELL Edna A 10 Nov 1911 17 Aug 1970 BLAKELEY H H 15 Feb 1870 17 Feb 1946 BLAKELEY Illegible 1874 27 Jul 1914 Broken and part in pieces BLAKELEY Jennie Z 01 Apr 1865 10 May 1976 BLAKELEY Martha I 17 Dec 1937 19 Dec 1937 Baby Sleeping BRYANT Lillian 28 Oct 1891 07 Jun 1941 BURKE Elizabeth 02 Jan 1890 75y CLEMENTS Joe Lee 1896 05 Jul 1941 COGBILL F[rank] 1871 [04 Apr]1940 ***see email address below CONWAY Fred E 27 Jan 1913 27 Oct 1915 COOK Addie R 30 Dec 1896 07 Jul 1947 ARK PVT 105 ENGRS 30 DIV WWI COOK Mayburn F 1900 1951 Uncle COOK Mollie 1896 1951 Mother EDWARDS John F 1882 22 Mar 1938 GARRETT George T no dates GARRETT L M 08 Sep 1930 Healey & Roth Marker GEYER Christian Unmarked Grave GEYER George 06 Oct 1836? 10 Apr 1886 born Osche Germany GEYER Nannie Levina 27 May 1843 08 Feb 1875 born Habania HARRISON Arthur R 13 Jan 1899 14 Oct 1941 HARRISON James L 29 Jun 1882 20 Sep 1943 HARRISON William M 26 Jan 1877 08 Dec 1932 HAYS Alfred Pete 09 May 1902 28 Jan 1930 HAYS Alma "Little Richard" 26 Nov 1945 16 Jul 1954 HEER Audrey Victoria 06 Sep 1899 05 Jul 1971 w/o John Hollis HEER Dorothy Louise 10 Jun 1923 03 Sep 1924 w/o Waine Neal HEER John Hollis 14 Nov 1900 16 Aug 1980 h/o Audrey Victoria HEER Naaman Ned 10 Dec 1925 07 Feb 1945 HEER Waine Neal 08 Jun 1927 14 Oct 1927 h/o Dorothy Louise HOGAN E L 09 Oct 1867 07 Nov 1910 HOLLAND Maria A 25 Jun 1857 01 Jan 1902 HOLLAND W M no dates CO A 2 KY INF CSA HOLT Nathaniel Henry 02 Nov 1871 27 Jan 1931 ***in unmarked grave but gravestone is being made
JONES Baby 17 Feb 1914 19 Feb 1914 JONES C W Rev. 17 Aug 1825 14 Jan 1915 JONES John D 25 Dec 1865 22 Feb 1941 JONES Johnnie L 20 Dec 1902 07 Feb 1913 JONES R W 09 Sep 1856 01 Sep 1937 LAWRENCE Myrtle H 05 Nov 1897 12 May 1909 LEROH Fred K no dates CORPL CO A 15 MO INF LONG Infant 1931 1931 s/o James M & Ruth LONG James M 1906 1960 h/o Ruth LONG Ruth 1906 1975 w/o James M Long; Cary McQuire MAYER Emmett R 23 Nov 1917 11 Sep 1918 Baby MCCOWN Stella B 10 Jan 1906 28 May 1949 Daughter MCGUIRE Ardath M 15 Mar 1929 18 Aug 1932 d/o Cary & Ruth MCGUIRE Cary 1897 26 Apr 1937 h/o Ruth Long MCGUIRE Cary Jr 17 Dec 1925 s/o Cary & Ruth MCGUIRE Harry Lee 1926 30 Aug 1943 s/o Cary & Ruth MCGUIRE James Lewis 1931 1945 s/o Cary & Ruth MITCHELL Rachel O 31 Dec 1908 28 Jan 1942 MORRISON Emma S 26 Sep 1898 20 Feb 1993 MYERS Cicero G 28 Mar 1867 30 Jan 1921 MYERS Russell E 11 Aug 1891? 20 Feb 1930 PEARROW A J 03 Sep 1861 03 Sep 1932 PITTS Eva Wilma 11 Oct 1918 20 Nov 1936 PITTS Lillie May 06 Feb 1885 05 Feb 1964 PITTS William H 30 Dec 1878 23 Dec 1943 POWELL Goldie L 09 May 1911 01 Jul 1969 Our Beloved Sister REECE Illegible ROBERTS C Pete 11 Mar 1871 11 Feb 1945 RODMAN Della B 10 Jan 1906 15 Nov 1976 w/o Wilton H RODMAN Noah A 31 Dec 1908 28 Jan 1942 Our Beloved Brother RODMAN Wilton H 25 Jan 1907 10 Sep 1988 h/o Della B REED Edgar 06 Nov 1873 18 Dec 1920 REED Hammie 04 Mar 1886 25 Jan 1915 w/o Edgar ROWAN Charles E 22 Feb 1885 07 Aug 191_ h/o Mollie Geyer ROWAN Mollie Geyer 03 May 1881 Nov 1952 w/o Charles E ROWAN Willie W 29 Jan 1913 09 Oct 1986 US ARMY SMITH Frona E 14 Mar 1881 31 Dec 1938 Mother SMITH Warren J 29 Dec 1872 13 Oct 1950 SNOW Joshua B 02 Jul 1849 30 Jan 1905 STONE Martha L 25 Mar 1878 24 Mar 1950 THOMPSON R Ellen 10 Dec 1870 11 Aug 1932 THOMPSON J Walter 05 Dec 1860 29 Oct 1937 THORNTON Ozella 1906 03 Nov 1925 THRASHER Alta P 27 Jan 1913 03 May 1973 WITTENBURG Dorthy Ellen Jan 1921 WITTENBURG Myrtle Jan 1921 YOUNG Lona Matthews 26 Jan 1923 28 Oct 1990
If anyone can help with names or dates, or history of Dawson Cemetery, please
email me at address listed below.
MEMORIES FROM STEVEN ALDRIDGE:
Well, I don' t know a whole lot but here goes.
Dawson cemetery was just three houses down (east) and across the street from my parents house when I lived there from 1967-1986, my parents moved off W. 50th street in 1994 but had lived there since 1965. Between the next two houses down, going east, is a natural spring that I believe to be have once been on land owned by George Geyer, thus giving Geyer Springs Rd and area it's name. I found some of that information on the website for Geyer Springs Elementary School ,where I attended 1-6th grade. The school was in two former locations, the first of which was built in 1899 on the road that is now Geyer Spings Rd and probably was named that then to honor George Geyer. The land was donated by Harve Boyd. Two of my teachers had actually started their teaching in the second school building built across the street from this one in the early 1920's. All of the land across the street from my parents house is owned by the Boyd's, and they still own it. The main house is near the barn on the east side of the land. Some children also lived in a house on the corner of Maureen Dr and Geyer Springs Rd. I'm assuming Mr. Geyer owned the land the spring is on and it flows still today as it did maybe then onto the Boyd's land. I also remember my mom saying the Boyd's owned the land when they started building houses on it so maybe the Boyd's bought or assumed the land when the Geyer's died or moved. I never thought as a child that this was a natural spring because the city or construction company that built the houses built a concrete structure surrounding the spring opening and lining the banks of it's path with concrete and rock for about 50 yards. It runs under W. 50th Street and through the Boyd's land and eventually into Fourche Creek. We just always knew the water was always there even when it became drought-like in the summer. "The woods", as we called it, across the street from my house were once completely grown up and covered in huge oak and gum trees and a few maples....quite a few right next to the cemetery. I was sad when they cut it all down and straightened out the spring, it used to pool rather deep in a couple of spots and we would swim in it. The house directly next to the cemetery gate entrance was lived in by a family with the last name of Brown and he was the caretaker of the cemetery for many years. The Boyd's also took care of the cemetery for quite awhile but then got other people to do it. I remember a mausoleum in the cemetery which scared us quite a bit and a couple civil war veteran headstones. My sister and I once started trying to improve the headstones here or there so we could read them better or would try to clear the dirt and grass away so they could all be seen. Someone broke into the mausoleum one time and we tried to fix it back. We thought maybe the spirits of whom lived there thought we did it and haunted us for awhile because we used to see faces in our bedroom window during the night. The problem with that was our window was more than ten feet off the ground...probably just our imagination. I buried many a pet on the outside of the fence of the cemetery near the entrance gate kind of next to a tall oak or gum tree, I don't know if that tree is still there or not but it was real close to the fence on the east side. One time there was a fire in the woods and it came awfully close to the cemetery and all of us kids were out there with buckets of water from the spring keeping it away until the fire dept got there. In the winter I used to go in and take pictures because it looked so beautiful covered in snow. I'm sorry this isn't much about the cemetery itself other than the Boyd's and Geyer's information, and is more about my memories, but that cemetery is a BIG part of my memories even though I didn't know anyone who was buried there. I saw only two funerals during the time I lived near there but remember that cemetery very clearly as I walked through it hundreds of times. I don't remember anything about an article I found one time when I was reading all about the New Madrid fault and the earthquake of 1811-1812 but I swear I found info where it was mention that a man lived on this land because of the spring and baptised people in it, and his daughter died in the winter and he buried her "not far across the spring". I wish I could find that. I bet she is in the cemetery and that's how it got started and maybe their name was Dawson.
The article I found on the cemetery was, actually it was a few links on different first hand accounts of the earthquake, and this one guy had his story about feeling the earthquake all the way down here. He went on to tell his whole story of when they came here and settled by the spring about 10 miles southwest of "the rock" and the difficulties they had, the winters, Indians, daughter's death and now an earthquake. I wish i could find it again, I will try. I know not many people lived here at all in 1811-1812 so I was complexed also how he ended up on this side when most people settled near "the rock" on the river, that's why it interested me so and why I remember reading it. I could have some facts confused but I remember the connection. I don't know, I could be wrong, it's been a while since I read that. I like your article on the earthquake...that even has always intrigued me.
Steven Aldridge February 2, 2010
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Lloyd Ray Timmons, Sr. (Feb 2,
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Nancy Ivy (Sept. 13, 2009)
Ones in Red from Arkansas Death Index
Info in [ ] from Social Security Death Index